What Does Rastin Tower Sound Like?


Did you even know that stationery (or what we view to be stationery) objects can make sounds? Richard Hannon, central Ohio photographer, writer, blogger, and field sound recordist, can tell you they most certanly do.

On Sunday, Oct. 2, Hannon ventured out to the park to record Rastin Tower with speciallized equipment to capture the sound of the Rastin Tower. It's pretty fascinating!

Listen HERE: http://www.richardalanhannon.com/spiraling-staircase-of-sound/

Over the past few years, Hannon has recorded other resonant metal structures, including the historic John A Roebling Suspension bridge over the Ohio River, the fire tower at Mohican State Park, and several metal windmills owned by Amish farmers in the area. Most recently he has recorded the sound of the wind turbine outside the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.

He uses special contact microphones, in conjunction with regular microphones to make the recordings. Contact mics, usually used for recording piano, harpsichord and alike, pick up vibrations. When wind brushes alongside the metal, there is, more times than not, a unique sound signature that we cannot hear with our “naked” ears.

Below are links to some of his other recordings and a blurb about how he made them.


(Photo by Margaret Tilson. Image courtesy www.richardalanhannon.com.)


Park Info



 Ariel-Foundation Park, located in Mount Vernon, Ohio, is a 250-acre civic park that offers a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors of all ages.

Visiting Hours

Ariel-Foundation Park is officially open April 1 through November 15. Some areas of the park are accessible to pedestrians year-round. Daily hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. There are no admissions or parking fees. The Rastin Observation Tower, park museum, picnic pavillions, trails and other park features are free and open to the public. The Rastin Observation Tower is open during winter months, as long as weather allows.

Contact Us

Foundation Park Conservancy
P.O. Box 644, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

Mount Vernon City Parks Department
1700 Old Delaware Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050
[email protected]

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